Siri Struggles With “Engrish”

Trends Trends & Culture - October 17th, 2011
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“Your wish is its command” claimed Apple on the launch of the new Siri personal assistant software but one thing programmers clearly didn’t plan on was users speaking Engrish.

“Siri, is an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking” said Apple on the release of iOS5. “Siri understands context allowing you to speak naturally when you ask it questions, for example, if you ask ‘Will I need an umbrella this weekend?’ it understands you are looking for a weather forecast,”—or it should.

As the YouTube video below shows, a Japanese user speaking heavily accented English prove too much of a challenge for the program, released as part of the iOS5 update.

Japanese iPhone and iPad users may need to take pronunciation lessons at their local Eikaiwa before using the voice activated software.